A quality office chair is essential for your comfort, but choosing the right one is not so easy: which chair should I opt for or how do I adjust it?
Follow our purchasing guide to discover everything about their characteristics as well as usage tips
TYPES OF MECHANISMS
Long hours spent in front of the computer and office work spent staring at a screen can lead to lower and upper back pain. Therefore, in particular if we spend long days sitting down, it is important for our work chair to have a suitable mechanism.
(+ 4 hours)
The backrest is fixed, the seat is height adjustable. This type of mechanism is only suitable for sporadic work.
(+ 7 hours)
The backrest follows the movements of our back and is in contact with it at all times. This type of mechanism is suitable for any type of daily activity in the office. The seat remains in a fixed position with a choice of a locking or rocking function. Height-adjustable seat. This type of mechanism also allows the tilt tension to be adjusted to suit the user´s shape and weight.
(+ 7 hours)
Manual independent adjustment of both the seat and the backrest. This type of mechanism is suitable for any type of daily activity in the office. Being able to independently adjust the seat and backrest allows for better blood flow since we can naturally adapt the angle between the thorax and the muscles. The main disadvantage of this type of mechanism is that it needs to be manually adjusted. This type of mechanism also enables the tilt tension to be adjusted to suit the user´s shape and weight as well as the height of the seat.
This type of mechanism is the most recommended for intensive use of longer than 8 hours. The seat and backrest synchronously and automatically adapt to our movements. In this way, when the backrest is tilted, the seat also automatically adjusts at the same time, resulting in a dynamic and perfect posture. An anti-return safety system prevents hurting the spine. This type of mechanism also enables the tilt tension to be adjusted to suit the user´s shape and weight as well as the height of the seat.
This type of mechanism includes all the features of the Synchron mechanism and also incorporates premium finishes for super intensive use. It also includes other more advanced features such as being able to adjust the seat depth.
This type of mechanism allows only the height of the seat and the armchair to be adjusted. This type of mechanism is suitable for meeting rooms or in guest chairs although it is not a type of mechanism recommended for working with.
The backrest and seat maintain a constant angle to accompany and cushion our movements. The axis of rotation is on the natural axis of the seat and allows to swivel the entire chair by applying light pressure. The mechanism enables choosing between a rocking or fixed option and the seat tilt can be locked at different points.
The point of rotation is slightly ahead of the natural axis of the chair so that, when the front edge of the seat is tilted, it stays in its fixed position. The advantage of this type of mechanism is that, by tilting the chair backwards, contact is maintained between the feet and the ground while the body moves into a relaxed position. This type of mechanism is the most used in chairs aimed at professional use and the most recommended by ergonomics specialists.
Fitting a chair with armrests reduces the stress on the user´s elbows, shoulder blades and back. Different ergonomic studies support the idea that working with the arms supported lightens the load on the intervertebral discs helping to maintain a healthier posture.
Adjustment is not possible
Adjustable in height and depth
Adjustable in height, angle and depth.
Adjustable in height, angle, depth and width.
HOW TO SIT CORRECTLY
Working life has undergone many changes in recent decades, leading to a change in habits. Office workers spend much of their working lives sitting down.
Taking care of our body is not just about living a healthy life. There are other factors that affect our health such as having a good chair and using it correctly. In this guide, we will highlight the most relevant aspects when it comes to correctly using a chair
The most important thing of all is to keep your back straight. To do this, make sure that the chair´s backrest is at the right height to support the entire back, adapting to the shape of our spine. It is important for most of your back to be evenly supported across the backrest.
The shoulders should not be stuck to the back: a back that is too straight is as bad as a back that is too hunched. It is important to maintain a natural position while we are seated.
It is important for our legs to be in contact with the ground at all times, forming a 90º angle with the knees. Avoid crossing your legs under the chair or leaning back excessively: maintaining your back straight increases blood flow in the muscle areas.
Adequately adjust the height of the seat until the arms are able to rest, parallel to the table, at a right angle to the elbow.
Sit dynamically. In other words, use a chair or an armchair that offers the possibility of constantly changing your posture (straight, leaning and reclining). Try to prevent negative lateral pressure on the intervertebral discs and the fatigue that such pressure causes.